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Acting Dean Joan Hirt, faculty features, call for proposals

Nov. 11, 2013 – -

Our own Joan Hirt, higher education professor, will be acting dean of CLAHS as of January 2014!


Joan Hirt Joan Hirt

Story below is from today’s Virginia Tech News Daily Email ~

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2013 – Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee has announced the appointment of Joan B. Hirt, professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the School of Education, as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, beginning January 2014.

Hirt has been at Virginia Tech since 1994, beginning with two years as a visiting associate professor before transitioning into a tenure-track position as an associate professor. She earned the rank of professor in 2009.

"We are fortunate to have Joan step into this role, with almost two decades of experience here at Virginia Tech as well as almost two decades prior as a university administrator," McNamee said. "I am confident she will ease this leadership transition in the college."

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost is beginning its work to launch an international search for the next dean. Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm based in Boston, Mass., will assist with the search.

Sue Ott Rowlands has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences since July 2007. She recently announced she would step down from the position to become vice president for academic affairs and provost at Northern Kentucky University.

"Sue's leadership for the college has been invaluable over her six years at the helm," McNamee said. "We wish her well as she moves on to her new opportunity at Northern Kentucky University and we will miss her vibrant leadership."

Hirt received her bachelor's degree from Bucknell University; master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park; and doctorate from the University of Arizona.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech includes programs in the arts, humanities, social and human sciences, and education. The college seeks to illuminate human experience and expression by creating works of lasting scholarly, cultural, and aesthetic value; empower individuals to engage critically with the complexities of a diverse, global society; and foster the inquiry, innovation, and growth that produce individual and social transformation.

Integrative STEM Education Graduate Students and Faculty Present at STEC

The mission of the Southeastern Technology Education Conference (STEC) is to increase the quality of research conducted in technology education. 

Dr. jeremy Ernst, Hope Carroll, and Dorothy Strater Dr. jeremy Ernst, Hope Carroll, and Dorothy Strater get ready to present.

STEC, founded in 1962, serves members from 11 states in the southeastern US. Higher education faculty, graduate students, state supervisors, and K-12 educators are welcome to attend the two-day annual conference. STEC is used as a forum for attendees to present their research and receive feedback from colleagues. Presentations generally last from 20-45 minutes with time for questions and comments.

On October 4th and 5th students and faculty from the Integrative STEM Education program at Virginia Tech attended STEC, which was held at North Carolina State University.


Songze Li Songze Li explains her presentation.

Dr. Jeremy Ernst helped organize the conference in his role as President. Ernst was responsible for helping select presenters, arrange the conference venue, schedule conference presentations, and oversee the daily operations of the conference. Virginia Tech was well represented with presentations from current graduate students Hope Carroll who presented on Attitude Adjustments: Barriers Keeping Faculty from Teaching Online, Toni Kaui who presented on Integrative Culture-Based Content Knowledge, Laura Segedin who presented on Adapting Instruction in the Classroom, Dorothy Strater who presented on Integrating Technology into a College Mathematics Classroom, and Songze Li who presented on Performance Task and Assessment Protocol in Secondary STEM Education.

Laura Segedin Laura Segedin presents.

The faculty and students who attended found the conference beneficial toward helping shape their future research directions and collaborating with other experts in technology education.

For more information about STEC, please contact Dr. Jeremy Ernst at 540-231-2040 or



Call for Proposal Submissions for Funding Consideration

The SOE Director's P. Buckley Moss Scholarship Award (supported by CLAHS)

Proposals due December 5, 2013 (by 5pm)
Funding amount: up to $1,000
Eligibility: SOE full-time faculty employment
Submit electronically to SOE Leadership Team via recipient Beth Lawton:
Proposal: Submit a one-page, single-spaced statement about unfunded research you are doing or plan to do that fits the scope of the foundation criteria.

On page 2 of the file include the timeline for your research, a very short budget (e.g., travel, meals, equipment, materials) with one-to-two sentences justifying each item, and all of your contact information. Please do not include any payroll line items such as wages since Foundation resources cannot be directly charged for this type of expense. (The email message should include one attached Word file, no additional files.)

Scope of foundation criteria: Describe what you are doing with respect to professional development activities in your work with ICAT or not involving ICAT regarding professional development activities whereby, either way, the focus is on the arts/creativity, professional development, teaching, and research.

Subject line for emailed submissions: Proposal submission for the SOE Director's P. Buckley Moss Scholarship

Virginia Tech has named its $100 million arts center building in tribute to artist and philanthropist Patricia Buckley Moss, whose recent donation in support of the center is one of the largest gifts the university ever has received. The Moss Arts Center is the new name. In her advocacy work, Moss, who self-identifies as dyslexic, has cited her personal story of struggling in school until an open-minded teacher recognized her artistic potential. Moss wound up enrolling in a high school for the fine arts and, later, in New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. "The arts can change people’s hearts, change their minds, and change their lives," Moss said. "I was lucky enough to find them at a young age, and they opened up so many learning avenues and professional opportunities for me. That is why I am so excited about the impact this wonderful facility will make on thousands of people, young and old, across this entire region of our state." (VT website, Oct. 13)